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digression


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Digression  \Di*gres"sion\,  n.  [L.  digressio:  cf  F.  digression.] 
  1.  The  act  of  digressing  or  deviating,  esp.  from  the  main 
  subject  of  a  discourse;  hence  a  part  of  a  discourse 
  deviating  from  its  main  design  or  subject. 
 
  The  digressions  I  can  not  excuse  otherwise,  than  by 
  the  confidence  that  no  man  will  read  them  --Sir  W. 
  Temple. 
 
  2.  A  turning  aside  from  the  right  path;  transgression; 
  offense.  [R.] 
 
  Then  my  digression  is  so  vile,  so  base,  That  it  will 
  live  engraven  in  my  face.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  (Anat.)  The  elongation,  or  angular  distance  from  the  sun; 
  --  said  chiefly  of  the  inferior  planets.  [R.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  digression 
  n  1:  a  message  that  departs  from  the  main  subject  [syn:  {aside}, 
  {excursus},  {divagation},  {parenthesis}] 
  2:  a  turning  aside  (of  your  course  or  attention  or  concern):  "a 
  diversion  from  the  main  highway";  "a  digression  into 
  irrelevant  details";  "a  deflection  from  his  goal"  [syn:  {diversion}, 
  {deviation},  {deflection},  {deflexion}] 
  3:  wandering  from  the  main  path  of  a  journey  [syn:  {excursion}] 




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